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Microsoft Teams has been very well received since its launch earlier this year in March – and not surprising, as it offers a platform that enables businesses to combine and unite the workplace online. According to Microsoft, 125,000 organisations are already using Microsoft Teams – and which include schools as well as businesses.
Microsoft Teams has helped to bring people together regardless of location, through agile organisational structures designed to keep information and communication flowing, and giving teams an easier and more efficient means of collaboration, while providing an interface akin to an internal intranet, and eliminating the costs and potential issues associated with management.
And since its launch, Teams has come a long way in terms of additional features – including, incorporating the ability for teams to chat with each other in one space, and giving them the ability to see content and chat history from wherever they are, either in a team or private chat. This is achieved as with other online messaging platforms, and brings everyone together in one social business space. Team meetings or group chats are held within this space, with emails posted to the thread to make sure that all team members are kept in a loop. This feature can also be used to help businesses find public teams to work with on shared projects.
In September, Microsoft announced that the addition of the ability for guests to be given temporary access to a team space. For a business, this means that contractors, consultants or freelancers, for example, may take part in team discussions, with the same chat rights as employee members. These guests are, however, restricted to interaction with the team issuing the invitation, and will be unable to see other confidential information held within the chat space.
With enterprise-grade security, and compliance assurances, guest accounts will be managed securely through Azure AD B2B Collaboration, and which supports the identification of suspicious events and anomalies. This might involve triggering multi-factor authentication, and incorporates the production of detailed access reports.
Only year 1 – and the potential for Microsoft Teams in organisations large and small is growing all the time. Microsoft has already planned for the full capabilities of Planner to be included, and are looking at whether to include Office 365 group calendar and creating a professional compact chat layout. There’s also speculation that Skype for Business will become part of Teams. So, watch this space!
You can also find out more about future plans for Teams at the Microsoft Teams forum, and where you can see the latest on guest access, support for private channels, and Skype for Business – and leave your own comments.
If you’d like more information about Teams and how the solution could benefit your customers, contact any of the Vuzion Team – either on 0333 009 5939 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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